In a rather stunning upset yesterday, Herman Cain won the Florida Republican presidential straw poll. And he won it by a pretty wide margin.
Cain's landslide victory, with 37 percent of the vote, exceeded the combined total for Perry and Mitt Romney, who only garnered 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
Straw polls do not necessarily reflect the sentiments of voters at large. But the result of this vote rang true in one respect. Republican voters are ready to change the direction this country is going. Herman Cain offers dramatic change.
The more people hear from Herman Cain, the more they like him. He comes across as very real, focused on solving problems rather than advancing a political career, but up to now he's come across as a Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. He may have changed that perception in Florida yesterday.
Members of the Republican establishment are not so smitten with Cain. In fact, Cain's victory has revived fantasies of a Chris Christie entrance into the race.
From the Weekly Standard:
From the New York Post:
The question in most minds: Can Herman Cain beat Barack Obama in the general election? The Florida straw poll says rank and file Republicans are starting to think he can. It's the Republican establishment that needs to be convinced.